Friday, October 7, 2016

Kentucky Headhunters to debut songs from new album at Bridge Day concert

Volunteer hangs 2016 Bridge Jam poster.
Due to play one of West Virginia's last autumn festivals in Fayetteville on Bridge Day weekend (October 14-15), Richard Young of The Kentucky Headhunters says the Southern Rock band will reveal songs from their new album during the concert. More than 2,000 are expected to attend the second annual Bridge Jam music festival being held in conjunction with Bridge Day, which Young says he's excited to witness.

"It’s gonna be kind of exciting to see people jump off the bridge," the founding guitarist said of parachutists who leap from the landmark New River Gorge Bridge during the festival, which itself attracts more than 100,000 to the small West Virginia town.

The Kentucky Headhunters lead the lineup of bands scheduled to play Bridge Jam, which Young says is taking place at an optimal time for the band. "We write songs in the fall. It’s my favorite time of year," Young said, adding that the band will unveil new music, yet to be released, during the concert.

Friday, September 30, 2016

2016 Bridge Day concert expected to attract thousands

Kentucky Headhunters to headline Bridge Day 2016 concert
Organizers of the second annual Bridge Day concert in Fayetteville say they expect several thousand guests to attend the two-day line-up, thanks in part to inclusion of a big-name band -- The Kentucky Headhunters, pioneers of the Southern Rock genre.

Bill Wells, co-founder of the October 14-15 performance series, says response is exceeding what he and other proponents had expected from the fledgling event, now in its second year.

"Our numbers are far better than they had been at this time last year, which we think is partly a result of securing The Kentucky Headhunters, a band whose audience has a strong overlap with Bridge Day festival-goers in West Virginia," Wells said.

"However, we've accomplished much more in this second year in terms of attracting an audience -- adding camping, coordinating with local events, and building on the area's strength as an outdoor-recreation destination."

Toward those ends, Bridge Jam will feature performances on a full stage near the historic district in Fayetteville as well as a late night bonfire venue.

Southern W.Va. "hidden" photography on display at Tamarack

Detail from photo by Patrick Hutchinson
Photography documenting historic resources in southern West Virginia will be on display at the Tamarack arts center off I-77 at Beckley through the end of October, according to Jodi French-Burr, ranger for the New River Gorge National River.

Thirty-nine images submitted by amateur photographers captured hidden and not-so-hidden elements of southern West Virginia’s heritage, according to Burr, an organizer of the Hidden History Photography Contest sponsored annually by the National Park Service and the National Coal Heritage Area.

"This contest gives participants a chance to share their love of history through the lens of a camera," says French-Burr. "These photos tell parts of our region’s rich history through images."

Many of these images highlight state and national parks of southern West Virginia and in the region's National Coal Heritage Area.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Volunteers needed for Friends of the Gorge clean-up

Friends of New River Gorge National River is calling for volunteers to help remove steps at Grandview's Tunnel Trail that were impacted by arson in April, according to Julena Campbell, public affairs officer for the National Park Service.

The Saturday event has been arranged to take place in conjunction with National Public Lands Day and is the non-profit organization's first volunteer event, Campbell said.

Volunteers should meet at the Grandview visitor center in the national park between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Volunteers and park staff will demolish and remove the burned steps and carry them off the trail with the assistance of a rope line. No special skills are necessary.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Kanawha Valley antiques dealers reinvest in New River market

Keith and Drema Wood
Two veteran antiques dealers renowned for their expertise in glassware and West Virginia collectibles have relocated to Fayetteville and are enjoying success in its burgeoning antiques market.

Drema and Keith Wood, co-owners of D&K Collectibles, say they couldn't he happier with their move to the town near the New River Gorge that is increasingly known as a state destination for pickers.

"Fayetteville is quickly becoming an antiques market that people are talking about across the state and beyond," says Drema Wood.

"By our count there are now 12 antiques shops in Fayette County alone, and, in this business, the more shops, the merrier."

Earlier this summer, after Keith Wood learned that his primary job was being eliminated, the couple decided to leave their long-term location in the Nitro Antiques Mall and search for a location nearer their home in Boomer.

The Woods had been aware of the potential in Fayetteville, but two months after opening they say the soundness of their decision has been confirmed.
Monday, August 29, 2016

Work Progressing on Mt. Hope's "Mural on Main Street"

Work is progressing on a mural on the DuBois-on-Main building, an African-American museum on the corner of Main Street and South Virginia Street in Mount Hope, West Virginia (WV). During segregation, Mount Hope's historically black schools were named for William Edward Burghardt "W. E. B." Du Bois (February 23, 1868 - August 27, 1963), noted African-American sociologist, historian, and civil rights activist. Racial integration occurred during the 1956-1957 school term, and DuBois High School was renamed Mount Hope High School. The building is still extant and is located on the WV-61 by-pass on the northeast end of town.

Mural on DuBois on Main Museum
Mural going up on the DuBois on Main museum...
DuBois on Main Mural
... will look something like this when completed.

The school depicted in the mural is the DuBois High School building built in 1927 at a cost of $75,000, which was destroyed by fire on June 22, 1950. Approximately 500 junior and high school students were enrolled at the school during the school term that ended just prior to the fire.

Park service to burn fields near Grandview this autumn

Park service to burn fields near Grandview to help bird species.
Perhaps nothing evokes a memory of Indian Summer in West Virginia as well as the scent of bonfires, though the fires that burn in the national park near Grandview between September 6 and October 15.

Fire managers plan to burn approximately 26 acres in the “Carper Fields” area near Grandview, approximately five miles north of Interstate 64. The burn is expected to take several hours to complete, according to Julena Campbell, Public Affairs Officer and Chief of Interpretation & Cultural Resources for the New River Gorge National River.

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